Figure out about the history and traditions of All Saints’ Day!
All Saints’ Day, also known as All Hallows’ Day or Feast of All Saints, is a Christian feast celebrated in honour of all the saints. It might be considered and conceived in various ways, though, so it is celebrated differently depending on the country. Here you have some interesting facts about it:
- It is officially celebrated on November 1 in the Roman Catholic Church countries (and some Protestant ones) but on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Orthodox countries.
- The holiday appeared in early fourth-century. However it rooted only in the seventh one under the rule of Pope Boniface IV. Afterwards, in the 8th century it was made a holy day by Pope Gregory III and it was decided to celebrate it on the 1st of November.
- All Saints’ Day comes just after the pagan holiday of Samhain (Celtic paganism). It actually influenced All Hallows’ Eve and this is how eventually appeared such secular holiday as Halloween which is a feast when people disguise themselves and wear costumes of dead-men, vampires, witches, etc.
- Also, it overlaps with the Mexican celebration called Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), when people traditionally build private altars (ofrendas), honor the deads using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the dead ones. They also visit the graves and sometimes leave some possessions of the deceased there.
- In addition to this, the All Saints ´ day also falls during the Islamic month of Muharram, during which Shia Muslims mourn for the grandson of Mohammad.
- In such countries as Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Catholic parts of Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Poland,Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia and Sweden, it is a custom visit the graves of deceased relatives and to light candles there.
- In Spain it is popular to make ofrendas (offerings) on this day. Also, the play Don Juan Tenorio is performed by custom. Many Spanish people tend to bring flowers to the graves of dead relatives and pray.
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